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Safety In Numbers

911 . . . anywhere, any time

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This story appears in the March 2000 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

If you get stranded on the highway after an accident, you may need to call 911 for help. That's not a problem if you're in your hometown. But what if you're on a trip, and your phone is roaming to another area?

According to a ruling by the FCC, cell phones must now come pre-programmed with special software instructions to allow callers to connect to 911 (or other emergency numbers) no matter where they're calling from.

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